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Typhoon Fitow slams into China

Pedestrians walk through strong winds and rain caused by Typhoon Fitow in Taipei on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Pedestrians walk through strong winds and rain caused by Typhoon Fitow in Taipei on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Foreign fish workers load the catches at the Patoutze fish harbor, in Keelung, northern Taiwan on Oct 5, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Foreign fish workers load the catches at the Patoutze fish harbor, in Keelung, northern Taiwan on Oct 5, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Fishing boats berth in Zhoushan port to avoid the powerful typhoon Fitow in Zhoushan, in east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 5, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Fishing boats berth in Zhoushan port to avoid the powerful typhoon Fitow in Zhoushan, in east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 5, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP
Huge wave hits the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Huge wave hits the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A huge wave hits the dike as guards run along it Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A huge wave hits the dike as guards run along it Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Huge wave hits the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Huge wave hits the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Huge wave hits the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Huge wave hits the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Huge wave hits the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Huge wave hits the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A huge wave hits the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
A huge wave hits the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Huge waves hit the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Huge waves hit the dike as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Paramilitary policemen pull up a vehicle overturned by a storm surge near the coastline, under the influence of Typhoon Fitow in Yuhuan, Zhejiang province, Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Paramilitary policemen pull up a vehicle overturned by a storm surge near the coastline, under the influence of Typhoon Fitow in Yuhuan, Zhejiang province, Oct 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A huge wave hits the dike as guards run along it as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. Typhoon Fitow slammed into the east coast of China on Monday after thousands of people were evacua
A huge wave hits the dike as guards run along it as Typhoon Fitow moves to make its landfall in Wenling, east China's Zhejiang province on Oct 6, 2013. Typhoon Fitow slammed into the east coast of China on Monday after thousands of people were evacuated to safety and weather authorities issued their highest alert level. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - Typhoon Fitow slammed into the east coast of China on Monday after thousands of people were evacuated to safety and weather authorities issued their highest alert level.

The storm, packing winds of up to 151kmh, made landfall in Fujian province in the early hours, bringing lashing rain and causing widespread blackouts, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

It was expected to continue northwest but weaken quickly, the National Meteorological Centre said.

In Zhejiang province's coastal Cangnan County some houses collapsed in the strong winds, according to flood control authorities, while a boy was injured by flying glass.

As the storm bore down Sunday, the National Meteorological Centre issued a red alert, its highest level.

In Zhejiang 574,000 people were evacuated, while in Fujian 177,000 were displaced, Xinhua reported.

Two port workers in Zhejiang's city of Wenzhou went missing and may have fallen into the sea, the agency said, as authorities were urged to check the safety of dams, reservoirs and chemical plants.

The storm also forced the suspension of bullet train services in several cities in Zhejiang, Fujian and Jiangxi provinces on Sunday, while Wenzhou's airport cancelled 27 flights, Xinhua said.

Chinese maritime authorities also issued red alerts, warning of storm tides and waves, with fishermen urged to return to port and local authorities told to prepare harbour facilities and sea walls for high tides.

In Zhejiang more than 35,000 boats returned to harbour while in Fujian nearly 30,000 vessels were called back, according to Xinhua.

Named after a flower from Micronesia, Fitow comes just two weeks after Typhoon Usagi wreaked havoc in the region leaving at least 25 reported dead in southern China.

Fitow, which Xinhua described as the 23rd to hit China this year, arrived after passing through Japan's southern Okinawan island chain and surging past the north of Taiwan, causing flight and ferry cancellations.